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Introduction to Edinburgh Counselling Agencies List

The Edinburgh Counselling Agencies list exists to make the process of finding suitable counselling support easier and less stressful. It can help people find counselling appropriate to their needs, their locality as well as what they can afford. The list also highlights the likely time that someone might be expected to wait until they can be seen. It also lists a contact name at each respective agency. Please send us feedback about any information that is out of date, or any suggestions to make it more helpful.

Agency NameContact InformationSpecialityCost (£)Disabled AccessWaiting ListContact People
24hr Crisis CentreTel: 0808 8010414 text: 07974429075
Email: crisis@edinburghcrisiscentre.org.uk

Website
A crisis centre for people aged 16 and over resident in Edinburgh
Action for Children17/18 London Road
Edinburgh
EH7 5AY

Tel: 0131 466 4600
Fax: 0131 466 4604
Email: hype@actionforchildren.org.uk

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Supporting young people experiencing difficulties with drugs, alcohol or volatile substance use.
18 or under in/from Edinburgh. Self referral or by parent/friend/worker.
One-to-one and family counselling & support.
FreeNoNonePaula Gaunt-Richardson
Arkordia Counselling and Psychotherapy Service
Based at South Side Centre
86 Causewayside
Edinburgh
EH9 1PY

Tel: 0131 221 1550 This number will change on and after 5/3/2014. New Number: 0131 662 6512
Email: mail@arkordia.org

Website
Counselling: Gestalt, Person centred, Transpersonal, Psychodynamic, Psychodrama, Art Therapy and other creative therapies
Negotiated from £5 upwards per session to make the service available to those on a very low income. We see disabled clients elsewhere by arrangement.
Approx 4 months. Please enquire at arkordia
Eric Taylor
Birthlink Adoption Counselling Centre
21 Castle Street
Edinburgh
EH2 3DN

Tel: 0131 225 6441
Email: mail@birthlink.org.uk

Website
After Adoption services.
Counselling & "Birthlink", the Adoption Contact Register for Scotland
Contact Reg. £20 If not on benefits £NIL If on benefits First counselling appt: £35/hr Court process: £35 Mediation: £50 Search of Public Records: £100 (Overseas £120)Although we have no disabled access we are happy to make arrangements to meet elsewhere.No waiting list for counselling. 3-4 month waiting list for searchSocial Work Manager: Kate McDougall
Social Workers:
Jennifer Bryson
Sally Lynch
Louise Wilson
CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service)Royal Edinburgh Hospital
Morningside Place
Edinburgh
EH10 5HF

Tel: 0131 537 6364
Fax: 0131 537 6102

Website
CAMHS provides psychological, medical and psychosocial assessment and treatment for children and young people with mental health problems. CAMHS aims to promote health and well-being and to prevent relapse by offering a range of individual, family and group approaches. CAMHS teams also offer professional consultation services.
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health outpatient sector teams cover North Edinburgh(537 6364), South Edinburgh (536 0534), Midlothian and East Lothian and West Lothian) based on GP locality.
The five sector teams have different bases. CAMHS outpatient teams are multi-disciplinary health teams for children and young people up to the age of 18 Years.
Referrals usually come from general practitioners, health visitors, social workers or from schools GP.
(this service does not accept self-referral)
FreeYesPossible waiting listReception
Chalmers Sexual Health Centre2A Chalmers Street
Edinburgh
EH3 9ES

Tel: 0131 536 1070

Website
Lothian Sexual Health provides reliable and straightforward information about sexual health & services for people in Lothian.
You can access support, services and information on contraception, pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STI) and sexual problems.
You can find out more about the clinics provided in Chalmers Sexual Health Centre including the new drop-in service for under 19's Healthy Respect+
FreeWalk -in (no appointment needed) If you have symptoms or you feel that the problem is urgent and can't wait, you may come to our walk-in clinic. Our walk-in clinic is open 8.30am-10.00am Monday - Friday (this is a very busy clinic that rapidly gets full. Later arrivals are interviewed by one of our nurses who will add urgent cases to the day's list. Patients with less significant problems may be asked to try again on another day). Are you Under 16? Drop-in clinic times - Monday to Thursday 8.30am - 7pm and Friday 8.30 - 3.30pm - Young People (only) drop-in - Friday 1-3pm
Reception
Contact Counselling
Counsellors across the city of Edinburgh


Tel: 0131 466 4597
Email: enquiries@contactcounselling.co.uk

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One-to-one counselling
Children and Young People's Counselling
Family Counselling
Post Natal Depression Counselling
Depending on income, from £25 - £35 per 60 minute session, Students and Trainee Counsellors £25NoFast Response Appointment within 7 days. Ongoing Counselling Immediate.Roslin Brown
Couple Counselling Lothian
9a Dundas Street
Edinburgh
EH3 6QG

Tel: 0131 556 1527
Fax: 0131 558 9526
Email: info@cclothian.org.uk

Website
Relationship/Marriage/Sex Counselling.
Family therapy, young people's therapy (4-18)
9-9pm Mon-Thurs
9-4pm Friday
10-1pm Saturday
Contributions negociable in line with Income.Not at Dundas St.
Access at: Livingston, Sighthill, Dalkeith, and Tranent
Dependant on client availability
Jane Symon
Crew 2000
32 Cockburn Street,
Edinburgh
EH1 1PB

Tel: 0131 220 3404
Email: admin@crew2000.org.uk

Website
Drug Counselling
FreeNo
Immediate assessment then 2-4 week waiting time
Reception
Crossreach Counselling: Lothians
Wallace House
3 Boswell Road
Edinburgh
EH5 3RJ

Tel: 0131 552 8901
Fax: 0131 552 2319
Email: ccl@crossreach.org.uk

Website
Generic Counselling for children and adults (excluding addictions)
Opening Hours:
Tues: 9-5
Wed: 12-8
Thurs: 12-8
Contributions encouraged/negotiable in line with income Fast track service available - £40 per sessionCall to arrange in advance
Initial Assessment within 2-3 weeks, possible wait of 2-6 weeks for ongoing counselling
Mairi Norman
Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland
3 Rutland Square
Edinburgh
EH1 2AS

Tel: 0845 600 2227
Email: edinburgh@crusescotland.org.uk

Website
Bereavement counselling
Contributions encouraged
No access, but can arrange home visits
Dependant on waiting list
Lynda Keay
Edinburgh And Lothian Council on Alcohol
6 Clifton Terrace
Edinburgh
EH12 5DR

Tel: 0131 337 8188
Email: elca@btconnect.com

Website
One-to-one counselling for people concerned about their alcohol intake or another's use of alcohol.
Free. Donations welcomed.
No. One flight of stairs.
4-6 weeks
Reception
Edinburgh Gestalt Institute
51 Lothian Road
Edinburgh
EH1 2DJ

Tel: 0131 228 3841
Email: info@egi.uk.com

Website
Gestalt Psychotherapy, counselling and supervision.
Variable according to practitioner. £40/£50 per hour. Some reduced rate therapy offered.
NoNoInstitute Coordinator: Neil Wykes
neil.wykes@egi.uk.com
Edinburgh Institute for Counselling and Psychotherapy
86 Causewayside
Edinburgh
EH9 1PY

Tel: 0131 667 5251
Email: enquiries@eicp.org

Website

Individual and couple counselling.
Psychotherapy for individuals.
Therapy groups.
Low cost counselling available.
£45 - £55 Full cost. £15 - £25 Low Cost Counselling Service
No disabled access at present. Clients can be seen at other places.
No waiting list. Fairly flexible appointment times (evening/weekend appointments possible)
Admin
Edinburgh Women's Aid 4 Cheyne Street
Edinburgh
EH4 1JB

Tel: 0131 315 8110 / 0131 315 8111
Email: info@edinwomensaid.co.uk

Website
No Counselling but listening and Information Service
FreeYesDrop-in service.
Michele Corcoran (Project Manager)
Gay Men's Health
10 Union Street
Edinburgh
EH1 3LU

Tel: 0131 558 9444
Fax: 0131 558 9060
Email: counselling@gmh.org.uk

Website
Individuals and couples therapy for gay and bisexual men on any issue.
Short and long term.
Free / By donation
YesNo waiting time for initial assessment. Appointment thereafter within 3 to 4 weeks.Fiona Macaulay (Counselling Manager)
Gingerbread Edinburgh & Lothian Project Ltd
c/o Tollcross Primary Schoo
117-119 Fountainbridge
Edinburgh
EH3 9QG

Tel: 0131 478 1391 / 07825 925 846
Email: gingerbread@wwmail.co.uk

Website
Lone Parent Families.
No counselling but listening and information service.
FreeNo.
Can use local club if available for disabled access.
NoneCarol Anne Janice
Health All Round
24 Westfield Avenue
Edinburgh
EH11 2QH

Tel: 0131 337 1376
Email: info@healthallround.org.uk

Website
Drop-in/self-referral for short term counselling.
Gorgie/Dalry and wide surrounding area.
Open: Mon 10-12; Wed 10-2; Thurs 12-2
We request a minimum contribution of £5 per session. NB* No one will be turned away because of inability to pay.
Yes10-12 weeks or register at the drop in centre for waiting list.
Catriona Windle (Project co-ordinator)
Health in Mind (previously known as the Edinburgh Association for Mental Health)
40 Shandwick Place
Edinburgh
EH2 4RT

Tel: 0131 225 8508
Fax: 0131 220 0028
Email: contactus@health-in-mind.org.uk

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Counselling for people who have been sexually abused in childhood.
Support Team
Info Service at Drop in Centre.
Befriending Service.
Men in mind- Minority ethnic men.
Group Project- pathway for people in recovery.
Guided short term Self Help prog. Also using CBT.
Free; Contributions requested Evening Sessions £20 Full cost for other services: £40 per session
No, but alternative arrangements can be made.
Variable, depending on demand. Currently no waiting list for evening appointments.
Debra Pickering
Hope Park Counselling centre
8 Hope Park Square
Meadow Lane
Edinburgh
EH8 9NW

Tel: 0131 650 6696
Email: counselling@hopepark.org.uk

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Individual Counselling for Adults in Edinburgh
Contribution £2- £30 per session and initial appointment
NoneWaiting time at least 3 - 6 months
Kathy McMillan
Human Development Scotland (adult services)) Suite 17
Danzig House
8-12 Torphichen Street
Edinburgh
EH3 8JQ

Tel: 0131 229 5465
Email: counselling@hdscotland.org.uk

http://www.hdscotland.org.uk/
Counselling and Psychotherapy services for individuals and couples (Adult).
Self-referral.
Meeting a wide variety of clients’ problems.
Leaflets with further information available.
Assessment and Sessions £40 -£50 I
No, but call in advance and special provision can be made
NoneAsk for the Counselling Service
Human Development Scotland (children & Young People)Suite 17
Danzig House
8-12 Torphichen Street
Edinburgh
EH3 8JQ

Tel: 0131 229 5465
Email: counselling@hdscotland.org.uk

Website
Children & Young People's Service
Assessment and treatment for those between the ages of 0-25 years.
Consultations with parents, carers, some young adults and statutory and voluntary agencies who work with children.
Fees are reviewed annually. Please contact us for the current rate. In some circumstances, Human Development Scotland may be able to offer assistance with fees.
No, but call in advance and special provision can be made
NoneAsk for Children & Young People's Counselling Service
LGBT Health & Wellbeing Counselling Service
LGBT Health & Wellbeing
9 Howe Street
Edinburgh
EH3 6TE

Tel: 0131 523 1106
Email: admin@lgbthealth.org.uk

Website

One to one counselling/psychotherapy for LGBT people.
Therapeutic workshops and group work.
Free (Donations welcome)
NoCurrently Approx 3 months
Alison Wren
Lifeline Scotland
24A Haddington Place
Edinburgh
EH7 4HF

Tel: 0131 557 2060 / 07904 499 320
Email: info@lifelinescotland.org.uk

Website

Counselling for Pregnancy, Miscarriage, Termination and Fertility
FreeNo2 weeks
Celia O'Donnell and Alice Dickson
Link Living
2C New Mart Road
Edinburgh
EH14 1RL

Tel: 0845 002 0819 from a landline. Or, you can telephone us on 0330 303 0302

Website
We offer a range of counselling services including art therapy & person-centred counselling to:
Young people
People with mental health needs
People with learning disabilities
Homeless people
People with addictions
Offenders
People with physical disabilities
Older people
Self Directed Support
Sessions are £30 and we work in Edinburgh, Kirkaldy & Fife.
Mental Health Assessment Service
Royal Edinburgh Hospital
Morningside Place
Edinburgh
EH10 5HF

Tel: 0131 537 6000

Website
Emergency mental health assessment service.
FreeYes24-hour service
Midlothian Young People’s Advice Service (MYPAS)
Tolbooth Hall
176 High Street
Dalkeith
EH22 1AY

Tel: 0131 454 0757
Fax: 0131 454 0844
Email: Enquiries@mypas.co.uk

Website
Generic counselling and Art Therapy within Midlothian for young people ages 12-18;
Self-referral or by agreement with young person.
FreeCall to arrange in advance.
12-20 weeks All new referrals offered initial meeting within 2 weeks. Dave Evans (Manager)
North East Edinburgh Counselling Service
31 Haddington Place
Edinburgh
EH7 4AG

Tel: 0131 557 4478
Email: neecscounselling@btconnect.com

Website
Adults resident in North East Edinburgh area.
Self-referral.
General counselling service.
We also offer a service for 16-25 year olds at risk of harm.
Sessions provided by individually agreed voluntary contribution or free of charge as required Call to arrange in advance
See website for current waiting times.
Manager: Lorna Gallacher
One Parent Families Scotland
13 Gayfield Square
Edinburgh
EH1 3NX

Tel: 0131 556 3899 Helpline: 0808 801 0323
Email: info@opfs.org.uk

Website
No funding for Counselling
Offer a listening service for Lone Parent Families
FreeN/A
NoneSusan Rew
PF Counselling Service
8 Balcarres Street,
Edinburgh
EH10 5JB

Tel: 0131 447 0876
Email: info@pfcounselling.org.uk

Website
General.
Individuals and couples over the age of 18.
No set fee. Contribution negotiated and encouraged based on what client genuinely can afford.Yes3-12 weeks depending on availability
Reception
Pilton Community Health Project
73 Boswall Parkway
Edinburgh
EH5 2PW

Tel: 0131 551 1671
Fax: 0131 551 1677
Email: admin@pchp.org.uk

Website

Counselling for adults resident in Greater Pilton.
Self-referral, free crèche. Counselling for students at Broughton and Craigroyston
High Schools.
FreeYesContact PCHP for approx waiting list timesJen Richards
-Project Manager
Shona McGregor
Postnatal Depression Services
Main Office:
Wallace House
3 Boswell Road
Edinburgh
EH5 3RJ
PND Centres also at:
Palmerston Place, East Edinburgh


Tel: 0131 538 7288
Fax: 0131 552 2319
Email: pnd@crossreach.org.uk

Website
Counselling & support for families with a baby under 2 years of age where a parent suffers from Postnatal Depression.
Services include:
Individual, Group & Couples Counselling.
Art Therapy.
Family Therapy.
Infant Massage.
Fathers Groups.
Telephone Support.
With crèche facilities at all locations
Sliding scale with £10 min charge. NB. No one will be turned away due to inability to contribute.Yes
Initial assessment, usually within 2 weeks. Group places frequently available. Waiting List for individual counselling, 6-8 weeks depending on requirement.
Tessa Haring
(Manager)
Joyce Linklater
(Deputy Manager)
Saheliya125 McDonald Road,
Edinburgh
EH7 4NW

Tel: 556 9302
Fax: 0131 476 8429
Email: info@saheliya.co.uk

Website
Individual Counselling and Art Therapy for Black and Minority Ethnic girls/women aged 12 plus in different BME languages. Free CrècheFree. Donations welcome.YesVariable, depending on demand.Keiko Ota
Samaritans25 Torphichen St
Edinburgh,
EH3 8HX

Tel: 0131 221 9999 / 08457 90 90 90
Email: jo@samaritans.org

Website
Open door 9am - 10pm, 7 days a week.
Simpson House Counselling and Recovery Service
52 Queen Street
Edinburgh
EH2 3NS

Tel: 225 6028/ 225 1054
Email: simpsonhousecounselling@crossreach.org.uk

Website
We counsel adults affected by past or present drug use or adults affected by a family member/friends' drug use.
We have one SMART group per week and a weekly Choose Life Group.
FreeYes. Must be arranged in advance
Self-referrals only. There is a waiting list that varies in length, please contact for latest timescales.Ask for any project worker or counsellor.
Simpson House Sunflower Garden52 Queen Street
Edinburgh
EH2 3NS

Tel: 225 6028/ 220 2488
Email: sunflower@crossreach.org.uk
Children age 0-12 years affected by family drug and alcohol use.
FreeYes. Must be arranged in advance
Third-party referrals welcome
Ask for any project worker or counsellor.
Simpson House Training 52 Queen Street
Edinburgh
EH2 3NS

Tel: 220 5996
Email: simpsonhousecounselling@crossreach.org.uk

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COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills - Children & Young People, DipHE Counselling Children and Young People.
COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills - Substance Use & Dependency.
Short courses.
Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children & Young People (30 hrs)
Phone/ e-mail for course information fee.
Social Work Mental Welfare
Tel: (For ringing outside of normal work hours) 0800 731 6969
TalkTime Edinburgh
The Junction
82-86 Great Junction Street
Leith
Edinburgh
EH6 5LL

Tel: 07774 210104
Email: talktimeedinburgh@gmail.com

Website
Young people with physical disabilities age 16-25Free, donations welcome
YesWe are a brand new charity which offers counselling to young people aged 16-25 with physical disabilities and have six slots available for one-to-one counselling as of January 2015.Seonaid Cooke
Tara Trust Edinburgh
12 Marchhall Crescent
Edinburgh
EH16 5HL

Tel: 0131 667 3723
Email: taratrust1@gmail.com

Website
General Counselling/Stress Management/Tara Rokpa Psychotherapy - Individual and Groups
Charges vary according to the counsellor No waiting list
Lesley Hammond
The Junction
82-86 Great Junction Street
Leith
Edinburgh
EH6 5LL

Tel: 0131 553 0570
Email: info@the-junction.org

Website

Counselling for Young People aged 12-21 living in Leith and NE Edinburgh.
Drop ins, one-one support and alcohol support available.
FreeYes2 - 8 weeks
Reception
The Stafford Centre
103 Broughton Street
Edinburgh
EH1 3RZ

Tel: 557 0718
Fax: 478 7119
Email: info@staffordcentre.org.uk

Website
Drop-in centre for adults with mental health problems.
Offers information, support, group and recreational activities.
FreeLimitedAppointments by referral and self referral.Reception
The Whole Works
Jackson’s Close,
209 Royal Mile,
Edinburgh
EH1 1PZ

Tel: 0131 225 8092
Email: enquiries@thewholeworks.co.uk

Website
General.
A variety of counselling approaches available.
Half hour initial consultation to determine appropriate support.
£35-£50; concessions available with some practitioners
No.
Initial Consultation within the week. Possible waiting for first appointment. Rob Ritchie
Vocal8-13 Johnstone Terrace
Edinburgh
EH1 2PW

Tel: 0131 622 6666
Fax: 0131 622 7621
Email: counselling@vocal.org.uk

Website
Counselling for carers in Edinburgh and across the Lothians.
Sessions provided by individually agreed voluntary contribution, or free of charge if income is very limited.
YesIntake / assessment appointment within 2 weeks. Usually a waiting list for counselling of 2-3 months.
Lorraine Mackenzie
Wellspring13 Smith's Place
Edinburgh
EH6 8NT

Tel: 0131 553 6660
Email: mail@wellspring-scotland.co.uk

Website
Psychotherapy for individuals and families.
Fees negotiable by income level. Minimum £25.
No access but sessions can be arranged at another venue.
Yes. Phone for information. 2-3 weeks for daytime, 4-6 weeks for evening. Administration Staff
Wester Hailes Health Agency
40 Dumbryden Drive
Edinburgh
EH14 2QR

Tel: 458 3080
Fax: 453 4890
Email: jax@whhealthagency.co.uk

Website
Person-Centred counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for individuals aged 16 upwards in Wester Hailes and neighbouring areas. 26 weeks max.
FreeYesYes. One-to-one support is offered in the interim waiting period.
Joyce Changes